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» University Librarians on Ebooks, Special Collections, and the Future of Academic Libraries

» University Librarians on Ebooks, Special Collections, and the Future of Academic Libraries | The Information Professional |

"Public Services Librarian Emily Couvillon took the time to share her opinions and observations of technology's role in engaging students, teachers, and administrators alike. And, of course, some books she thinks students should pick up and check out."

"Chris Galloway is a friend of mine who works as a library manager at University of Houston who also kindly shared his expert opinions on the topics at hand. He even queried some of his coworkers for a more in-depth look at what other Coogs think of M.D. Anderson's present and future! Perhaps I'm biased when I say this, but Chris also boasts pretty great taste in literature, so it's probably a good idea to listen to his recommendations."


Questions that were answered:

1. "How popular are ebooks at Doherty? Do you provide readers for students?

2. What are some of your recommended reads for students? Any for freshmen and non-traditionals in particular?

3. Where do you see things at Doherty headed within the next few years?

4. What upcoming releases are you and the other librarians excited about? Will they be recommended to the acquisitions department?

5. What are some of your favorite holdings in the University's special collections?"



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Library Intelligencer » The Scholar/Librarian Goes Digital: New Times Require New Skills and Aptitudes

IFLA Conference Paper:


Gillian M McCombs:


"The digital age may well be considered a golden age for Special Collections. Treasures that have long been locked in vaults and available only to researchers onsite are now accessible at the click of a mouse from anywhere in the world. However, for every stunning rare book, photograph or art work that is available electronically, thousands more are still inaccessible. Some libraries have been slow to realize the potential for digital access and have not built the infrastructure needed to put these collections out into the public eye. This paper addresses questions such as: are we hiring the right people for Special Collections; are we retooling current curators so that they are technically adept; are we providing our Special Collections Libraries with necessary resources such as marketing and graphics design staff to develop websites for digital exhibits; have they developed a strategic plan that outlines their long-term goals for incorporating technology; what are the consortial opportunities that will help our Special Collections Libraries; are we working closely enough with library schools and rare book programs to ensure that graduates have the skills, aptitude and attitude that we need?"

source: INFODocket


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Digital Preserving Digital Objects With Restricted Resources | NIU to help libraries avoid ‘bit rot’ - Daily Chronicle


"DeKALB – With the help of a $575,000 grant, a group of university librarians and curators hope to have an answer to a growing problem.

Lynne Thomas, curator of rare books and special collections at Northern Illinois University’s Founders Memorial Library, learned in October that NIU, along with four other universities, secured a grant to study the best practices for storing digital data.

The federal National Leadership Grant came from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

“Libraries have been taking on digital objects for the last 10 to 15 years,” she said. “The grant will help us learn how to scale [the process] down for institutions with fewer resources.”

With the passage of time, storage devices can degrade over time, a phenomenon known colloquially as “bit rot.”

Thomas said saving digital objects such as PDFs and video files from bit rot is a problem librarians and archivists have been working to solve for years.

But it’s mostly large, well-funded institutions that can afford today’s archiving systems.

Librarians and curators from Chicago State University, Western Illinois University, Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University are joining NIU in a group called Digital Preserving Digital Objects With Restricted Resources."

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Archivists Set the Pace …

Archivists Set the Pace … | The Information Professional |

Alison Cullingford, Special Collections Librarian at the University of Bradford:


"Special Collections managers increasingly report to senior managers who come from very different professional backgrounds.

Witness archives in local authorities reporting to social services or super-converged university services which combine library, IT, careers etc.

Though this can have advantages e.g. bringing together services with a customer or teaching focus, it does mean there is no common base of understanding as there would be with fellow librarians or archivists. Senior managers are at risk of seeing Special Collections as dusty backwaters and not realising how much management, innovation, customer care etc is involved.

Often Special Collections and archives services are among the most engaged with communities, the most creative and the most dynamic parts of their organisations."

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